By Amir Mir
Cheik Tioté made his first start for Newcastle as they drew 1-1 with Birmingham in their FA Cup clash – and fans on Twitter believe he produced an awful display.
Rafa Benitez’ side took an early lead in the first half when Daryl Murphy slotted home from a corner.
Despite not seeing the majority of the ball and having fewer chances at goal, it was the home side that equalised late into the first half.
Lukas Jutkiewicz was the scorer after he converted Jonathan Grounds’ cross after he beat Achraf Lazaar on the right-hand side.
Midfielder Tiote produced a poor display as he looked leggy, especially during the second half.
As a result, his manager decided to substitute him after 65 minutes and replaced him with Isaac Hayden.
Fans on Twitter felt that he should not have started the game as they urged the club to sell the player.
Supporters stated that the 30-year-old did not look sharp enough to produce a good enough display in a crucial cup match.
The Toon Army also questioned his midfield partner, Jack Colback, as they slammed the duo for failing to provide any energy or creativity for the team.
Overall, fans were not pleased with Tiote’s performance as they believe he is not the answer to what is a worrying area for the team.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sell Tiote #Nufc
— Jack (@JaackRT) January 7, 2017
— jack coy (@jackcoy91) January 7, 2017
For the way Rafa wants to play we're worryingly thin in areas, DM especially. Colback is shocking and Tiote doesn't give a…. #nufc
— Stitch (@dentistschair) January 7, 2017
Tiote/Colback, the answer to "What's slower and straight up worse than Hayden/Colback". Got nowt in central midfield #NUFC
— The Geordie Geek (@dixon10) January 7, 2017
and don't get me started on Tiote, I forgot he even played for us ! #nufc
— Beccie Louise (@beccielouise11) January 7, 2017
Tiote has been awful today.#NUFC
— Hilmy Lightning Shawwal (@shawwal_96) January 7, 2017
Tiote's lack of match sharpness is showing here, getting caught in posession #nufc
— Skirgey (@Skirgey) January 7, 2017
In other Newcastle news, this senior duo need to be sold after Birmingham draw.